Original Star Wars Cast Officially Reunited for Star Wars VII

“This will be a day long remembered…” Darth Vader  “We’re getting the band back together!” Jake and Elwood Blues

Finally, LucasFilm Ltd. released the official cast for Star Wars VII, and the worst kept secret in Hollywood was confirmed, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford are all back to reprise their roles as Luke Skywalker, Leia Organa, and Han Solo, respectively.  That’s not all, the men behind the masks (or costumes) Anthony Daniels (C3PO), Kenny Baker (R2D2), and Peter Mayhew (as Chewbacca) also return to the Star Wars franchise.  But where’s Lando?  Where’s Wicket?  After Billy Dee Williams’ recent appearance on Dancing With The Stars, and Lando Calrissian’s transformation from scoundrel to hero, it seemed almost certain Lando would appear in Star Wars VII.  And Warwick Davis played Wicket in Return of the Jedi, Wald in Episode I, worked with Lucas as Willow, and multiple roles in the Harry Potter film series.  Surely, there would have been spot for Warwick Davis in Star Wars VII.  Well, enough about the past, let’s look to the future, cue the John Williams score as Star Wars VII opens in theaters on December 18, 2015.  Continue reading for the official release from Star Wars.com.

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From Star Wars press release

The Star Wars team is thrilled to announce the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII.

Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in the new film.

Director J.J. Abrams says, “We are so excited to finally share the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII.  It is both thrilling and surreal to watch the beloved original cast and these brilliant new performers come together to bring this world to life, once again.  We start shooting in a couple of weeks, and everyone is doing their best to make the fans proud.”

J.J. ABRAMS

Star Wars: Episode VII is being directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams.  Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, and John Williams returns as the composer.  The movie opens worldwide on December 18, 2015.

One last question… are all the publicity photos for Star Wars VII going to be in artsy black and white?  Click here for even more news on for the upcoming release of Star Wars VII.  For more family movie news, be sure to follow Adventures by Daddy on twitter and “like” our facebook page too.

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